From Helena Fruscio, Creative Economy Industry Director for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Do you have an idea for starting a business? Future Boston has just started accepting applications for a second business accelerator program.
Here is a link to the application with detailed information about the Accelerator Program.
The 6-month accelerator program (download brochure) is designed for creative people to learn how to create and launch a successful business. 25 entrepreneurs will be chosen through an application process to attend the program. Classes are held every other Saturday of the month.
Each class will be taught by experts and practitioners in the creative industries. The classes will be interactive and allow for one-on-one time with successful business leaders. Childcare can be provided upon request.
Who is eligible?
We are looking to help Bostonians start business in the following industries:
- Fashion/Jewelry Design
- Film, video, photography
- Software, computer games and electronic publishing
Applications are due by 8PM on Sunday, July 21. Accepted applications will be announced July 29.
Have you launched your new business, or are you ready to?
The CJP/JVS Entrepreneurship Program, presented in partnership with Interise, Boston-based experts in small business development, is a highly affordable program that combines classroom instruction with case studies, research and one-on-one consulting to guide you to entrepreneurial success.
- CJP/JVS Entrepreneurship Program
- Classes meet Wednesdays, for 14 sessions
- February 27 – June 19, 2013 | 6:00-9:00 p.m.
- CJP, 126 High Street, Boston
- Tuition: $180
- Space is limited.
To register for the spring semester, contact Bill Ward at email@example.com or 617-399-3230.
- Compile and execute a business plan
- Finance your business
- Apply fundamentals of marketing and sales
- Strategically plan and research
- Maximize your ROI
Instructor: Manassah Bradley, MBA, Sr. Business Advisor – MSBDC, Partner – Loupe Consulting
Manassah has been encouraging, educating and supporting entrepreneurship and small business initiatives for the past decade. He is a strategic thinker and expert in assessing business models and business planning. Through his own work experiences, personal business ventures and diverse client base, he has intimate knowledge of the effort and struggles that come with running and growing a business. Manassah is able to communicate and apply complex entrepreneurial and financial theories to lead each client toward their goal. He has developed curriculum and instructed courses for the state of Massachusetts’ Entrepreneurial Training Programs and currently teaches Accelerated Business Plan and Strategy courses for Interise. Manassah received his MBA in Entrepreneurial Studies from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College and holds a BS in Economics from Northeastern University.
For special accommodations, please contact Shanna at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-457-8544.
The Massachusetts Senate and House are now considering a bill that would allow farmer-breweries to sell at farmers markets. State Representative Denise Provost has signed on in support of the legislation.
This bill would update the farm-winery legislation passed as part of An Act Relative to Economic Development Reorganization in 2010 to also allow a farmer-brewer to obtain a license from the local licensing authority to sell beer at indoor or outdoor agricultural events such as fairs or recognized farmer’s markets.
It’s now three years since the state approved wineries to participate which resulted in a 66% increase in the sales of local wine. Breweries are eager to join them. Giving farmer-brewers new opportunities to sell their beers at farmers markets will help them expand the markets for their beverages, increase their sales, grow their businesses, and ultimately benefit the Commonwealth.
In Somerville in particular with our local breweries, we’re seeing the symbiotic relationship these businesses have with other food producers. For example, two Union Square businesses — Pretty Things Brewery and Ocean Ave Pops — partnered, with popiscles made with the left over wort from the brewing process. These popsicles, non-alcoholic, had the flavors of orange and hops, like an intriguing orange creamsicle.
The micro sales through farmers market have been a vital step in the growth process for local food producers — we’ve seen 3 Little Figs, Q’s Nuts, and Taza Chocolate each bloom in this community and sales arefarmers markets have enabled them to test new products, build a local following, and nurture a sustainable business.
The process to include breweries at area farmers markets would be comparable to those wineries do. The event first needs to be approved by the State’s Department of Agriculture as an agricultural event. The vendor, once accepted to participate in the market, needs to obtain a permit from the local community. In Somerville, this means approval from the police, fire safety, and inspectional services departments and a demonstration that the business is current on taxes and insurance. Once this documentation is secured the application is reviewed by the City’s Licensing Commission and issues the permit.
It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but the brick building among the tangle of random streets in Boynton Yards across the tracks from Union Square is one of the most dynamic commercial buildings in the city, perhaps in all greater Boston. A vibrant mix of innovative, creative economy and food based businesses are growing here, employing dozens of people and putting the name of Somerville on the map.
(Thanks to Cindy Larson of Centrepoint Architects for help compiling this list.)
Albertine Press – letterpress
aMorton Design – architect
Anne Lilly - kinetic sculptor
Clark & McComas Woodworking
DIAK Corporation – custom cabinetry
Gilman Guidelli & Company – custom builders
Landing Studio - architecture and industrial design
Nervous System - design studio
Steve Marsel Studio – photography
OTHER CREATIVE ECONOMY BUSINESS:
Arisia – Science Fiction and Fantasyfan organization
Bluetone Studios – music recording
Extraneous Noise – video production
Gentle Giant Restoration – art and furniture restoration
Potter Ruiz Advertising – creative services agency
QRST’s – screenprinting and embrodiery
Sonivox – maker and seller of digital music tools
Gentle Giant Restoration
Tiny Russian Studio – photography studio
Fiore di Nonno - hand-crafted mozzarella
Aikido Tekkojuku of Boston
Bay State Fencers – sports club for fencers
Community Enterprises - non profit job training and employment center for people with disabilities
Small business owners worry that without lots of parking spaces available immediately outside their business their sales will drop. As the City of Somerville this past summer repurposed curbside parking spaces for bike corrals, some business owners might have thought one less car would mean one less sale.
A recent study from Oregon’s Portland State University should put all those fears to rest. Their results show that non-car customers out-spend those in cars at restaurants and bars.
Check out this article that explains how “car-free patrons are the most frequent and spend-happy consumers.”
At the recent lunch gathering of Union Square business owners hosted by Somerville Local First at Bloc 11, Kristen Mercier of Corpbasics told us the good news from the studio. Owner Andrew Haynes recently returned from Antigua where he was shooting for a series of seven workout CDs. They’ll be released in the spring with a nation-wide marketing campaign of TV infomercials likely to include a number of locals giving testimonials. (Seems to us like you know you’ve definitely “made it” when you’ve got your own infomercial!)
They’re accepting pre-orders and those who do don’t just get some perks for themselves likea $25 discount and two tickets to the release party here in Boston. Corpbasics is a partner with Somerville’s domestic violence service provider and they’ll receive a donation of $10 on each pre-sale.